More Musings about “Lost Highway”
The folks at Heartland never lock their front door. I guess that’s small-town, country life for you. The fact that the door is always open means that guests pop by on a whim. They need only open the door and announce their presence in some manner, sometimes knocking, sometimes not.
Mallory wasn’t known for knocking, for example.
Val knocked when she went to see Jack after finding out he’d taken Lisa fishing in episode 111 (Thicker Than Water). She goes on to say she knows she should have called (sure she would have…), and that she can’t recall the last time Jack invited her into his home.
But then in 316 (Spin Out), she walked right in without a knock or a greeting; saskatoon berry pie in hand, feigning surprise to find Lisa in the kitchen.
Lisa would often open the door and walk in with a “Hello” or a “Yoo-hoo”, especially after she and Jack were officially an item, as she did in 213 (Seismic Shifts).
But she didn’t in 713 (Lost Highway).
Notice when she turns up to talk to Jack after their rather sour “reunion” at Lookout Point how Lisa actually knocks, even though Jack is expecting her. It’s as if she feels since there hasn’t yet been a reconciliation that she has zero claim on the Bartlett homestead. She feels she has no right to just waltz on in like she used to, because she is uncertain about how Jack will receive her.
I don’t know if episode writer David Preston put that much thought into that little scene, but I thought it spoke volumes about how far apart Jack and Lisa were at that moment; about how close Lisa was to cutting ties completely if Jack wasn’t going to come ‘round.
Of course, now that they’re married, Lisa won’t need to knock at all, much less announce her presence when she enters like she used to.
Here’s hoping there are a lot more moments with the couple sitting at the table in the kitchen, talking about “anything” and “everything”.